Kasuri to head Kashmir Conference
13 November 2006
The Daily Times
Islamabad: The government was scheduled to hold talks later this month with the Kashmiri leadership to discuss possible mechanisms for resolving the issue with India, Foreign Office sources said on Monday. They said that a high-level meeting with the Kashmiri leadership, to be lead by Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, would be held on November 21 to discuss Indo-Pak relations and the current situation in the disputed territory. Invitation letters had already been sent to Azad Jammu Kashmir President Raja Zulqarnain, Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan and various political parties, they confirmed. But the All Parties National Alliance (APNA), an umbrella of nationalist parties of Azad Kashmir, has threatened to boycott the Kashmir Conference, adding that it would stage a protest demonstration in front of the Foreign Office on the day of the meeting. Jammu and Kashmir National Liberation Front (JKNLF) Secretary General Arif Shahid told reporters that the group would not participate in any conference designed to discuss the division of Kashmir, which was anathema to the people of Kashmir, adding that the indigenous struggle would continue until the complete independence of Jammu and Kashmir was secured. He also stressed that the Kashmiri people would not accept any secret deals negotiated between Islamabad and New Delhi on the issues of Siachen, Wular Barrage or Sir Creek.